by Deadline — January 18, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: The Black List is partnering with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) for the Black List New Zealand Project (BLNZP). The new initiative is a one-off fund script development workshop designed to foster the creative relationship between writers and producers and stimulate international opportunities for New Zealand feature films. In addition, the NZFC hopes to cast a wide net for New Zealand screenwriting talent and connect with projects at various stages of development. The further strengthens the Black List’s push for more inclusive storytelling in film.
“The New Zealand Film Commission aims to build great screen relationships between New Zealand writers and producers, amplify the voices of people who have been underrepresented, and find audiences for those voices,” said Annabelle Sheehan, CEO of the NZFC. “We are proud to be able to draw from the Black List’s global screen expertise and the widely acknowledged excellence that drives their platform.”
Sheehan adds, “The two organisations’ shared values in promoting inclusivity, make this a natural partnership. I would also like to thank Franklin [Leonard] and his team for recognising the exceptional pool of filmmaking talent we have here in New Zealand, and working with us to place our filmmakers front and centre through this opportunity.”
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